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PRP,SP, BSP, JD(U), NCP keeping options open
Every party in the country, whether it is a major player or is on the fringe of Indian politics has assumed the mantle of a king maker just a day before the results of the Lok Sabha polls are to be announced.
Indian politicians always prefer to be part of the establishment, they have decided to keep their options open instead of wasting time in the opposition.

Barring few exceptions, the pre-poll alliances are long fogotten dreams and parties are now talking about waiting and watching for the results before making a commitment. Merinews keeps a tab on what the important players are saying in the run up to political power for the next five years, of course if there are no mid-term polls.

Praja Rajyam Party (PRP): The newly established Praja Rajayam in Andhra Pradesh led by film star Chiranjeevi seems to have learnt its political lessons extremely fast.

Praja Rajyam leaders on Friday said that party was keeping all options open for the post-poll alliance. Source indicate that Chiranjeevi’s party was seriously contemplating entering into an alliance with Congress, which is trying to woo the film star.

Janta Dal (United): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who leads the JD (U) has set the ball rolling after he said that whosoever accords special status to Bihar will get the necessary support for forming government. This is a clear setback to the NDA as it was being expected that Nitish will stick to BJP. Kumar also said that he will keep his options open and eyes firmly on PM’s post.

Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP): In her quest to become the Prime Minister, BSP supremo Mayawati has decided to stay away from both the UPA and NDA. The BSP said that it wont support either of these alliances making it clear that party was still keeping its options open to see whether Mayawati could become the PM.

Samajwadi Party (SP): SP general secretary Amar Singh’s presence at a lunch hosted by BJP president Rajnath Singh had set the tongue wagging. But the SP leader categorically denied any truck with Saffron party and ruled any alliance with BJP as long as it held on to the agenda of building Ram mandir and abrogating article 370.

Samajwadi party will go with with secular parties, says SP, a euphemism for Congress and the third front parties.

Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS): On May 15, Telangana Rashtriya Samiti announced its support for the BJP led NDA alliance. TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao categorically said that his party was with the NDA and as it had promised the formation of separate Telangana state.

Nationalist Congress party (NCP): Nationalist Congress Party is flip-flopping between the ideas of supporting the Congress and trying to cobble together a third front led by Sharad Pawar and even joining the BJP.

NCP leader Purno A Sangma has said that Pawar should work towards forming a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the centre.

Sangma said that there is enough support for Pawar and he should pitch in for the top job. He also asked the Congress to support the candidature of Pawar gracefully, saying that NCP had kept its options open like everyone. He also hinted towards joining the BJP, if it agreed to support Pawar as the prime minister.

Lok Janashakti Party (LJP): LJP supremo Ram Bilas Paswan is most likely to support the Congress or the third front as he categorically said that he will not allow the ’lotus to bloom’ in an obvious refernce to the BJP. LJP has dismissed reports of any truck with the saffron front.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD): Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal is most likely to come home to the Congress led UPA as the dreams third and fourth front are evaporating slowly.


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